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My thoughts on a variety of garden topics. Favorites include: vegetables, native plants,  heavy clay soil, composting, and gardening with ornery dogs. 

Okra is a superfood!

Image courtesy: Acadian Family Farm It's not often that we get to celebrate comfort food as being good for us, but prepared the right...

Fall is for planting natives!

I'm so excited that its finally closing in on one of my favorite times of year... when I get to plant amazing, wonderful, beautiful...

Reboot in 3... 2...

I've felt about as tangled as these tomato blossoms! I needed to get my focus back If you've been a reader for a while you know that I...

Victory Garden herbs

Herbs to include in your Victory Garden The beds are made and veggies are planted. Here's what herbs to include. If you're following...

Protecting plants from hail

Protecting plants from hail Don't try this if it's not safe, but if you have time, here are some ideas on protecting plants from hail....

Plant a Victory Garden

Time to plant your Victory Garden! Here's my advice on what plants and whether to buy plants or seeds at the garden center. Wow! Victory...

Start a Victory Garden

Victory Gardens united our nation once before, let's do it again! In mid-March, a friend asked for my help moderating a gardening group...

Lampshade plant cloche

Mrs. Peter Cottontail has done a number on my peas... So I'm taking steps to save the rest of my veggies! I've mostly grown in containers...

I really want to plant my tomatoes!

Trying to plant tomatoes in a state known for extreme weather presents its challenges. I almost posted another "My favorite tomatoes"...

My favorite tomatoes: Vorlon

Vorlon were highly recommended by tomato growing gurus. Now I'm on the Vorlon tomato loving bandwagon. You should be proud of me. I...

My favorite tomatoes: Lemon Boy

I discovered Lemon Boy tomato when I received a plant as a gift. Now I bring this tomato back every year. Wow, has the world changed...

My favorite micro-dwarf tomato: Aztek

This little micro-dwarf tomato has the brightness of other yellow tomatoes, cute shape, and tiny growth habit. Above: Aztek (right) next...

Rain Garden resources

Bermuda grass isn't the only thing that creeps in my yard gardening projects do too. Two projects continue to creep along in my yard and...

My favorite tomatoes: Snow White cherry

This tomato came as a complete surprise, but became a staple in my garden after its first year. I stumbled upon my Snow White tomatoes...

Live plants vs starting from seeds

Whether a gardener chooses to start with seeds or live plants is as unique as their gardens. It comes down to the answer to some key...

My favorite tomatoes: Sun Gold cherry

If tomatoes can have a personality, these definitely do with a cheery and vibrant persona that reflects their taste. I first discovered...

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